I really want to thank each and every one of you who have posted words of support and encouragement on this blog or have contacted me directly through Facebook/MySpace. Your thoughts, observations and kindness have totally blown me away. So, again, thanks from the bottom of my heart. I love hearing from you guys.
So, let's start with a little framework for this episode. The situations you see me in this week (Busgate, Catfoodgate, MemorialDaygate, 3MonthReviewgate) all happen over the course of several months and are a representative sampling of my life working for Jeff. Also important to keep in mind (especially for my three-month review) is the fact that through all of this I had been doing Chris Elwood's job plus mine without any additional help. The job of House Manager and House Assistant merged into one and became my sole responsibility. After Chris' departure, Jeff said that if doing both of the jobs became too much I should let him know but that he intended to hire someone else to help out around the house. In doing that, I could continue to have more time in the field learning the business. I usually worked overtime during the week and if Jeff ever needed me on the weekends, I always made myself available I didn't say "No" to anything because I really wanted to show him how serious I was about the job. He knew that I wanted to advance past House Assistant and I wanted to prove to him that I deserved to.